Two days ago,Yris Tamara Perez, the wife of opposition leader Jorge Luis Garcia Perez “Antúnez,” declared herself on a hunger strike to protest the denial by regime authorities to provide her with medical attention for injuries she received after a vicious beating by Castro political police. After news of her injuries and subsequent hunger strike circled the globe several times, the Castro dictatorship, fearing more public relations setbacks, relented and sent two doctors to examine and treat Yris.
It is a small victory for democracy activists on the island, but a victory nonetheless.
Via Uncommon Sense:
Cuba activist Yris Tamara Perez Aguilera scores a victory against the dictatorship
Forty-eight hours after she started a hunger strike to demand recognition of her human rights, Yris Tamara Perez Aguilera scored a big win in her never-ending fight against the Castro regime.
Several government doctors on Wednesday visited Perez Aguilera in the home in Placetas she shares with her husband Jorge Luis Garcia Perez “Antunez” to examine her. She has been suffering concussion-like symptoms since suffering a police beating earlier this month.
Perez Aguilera started a hunger strike Monday evening after she and her husband were expelled from Havana, where they had gone so she could visit a medical specialist.
Antunez said the intent of the visiting doctors was not to treat his wife but to discern how far she was willing to go with her protest.
The next day, the authorities relented and lifted the siege they had placed on the couple’s home, allowing them to return to Havana, according to Antunez’s Twitter feed.
Antunez tweeted they should arrive back in the capital later this evening.
“Today’s victory encourages and strengthens us in our convictions,” Antunez said.